Romany the Victor: Triumphant in Main Race of Interesting and Spirited Program, Daily Racing Form, 1924-02-16


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ROMANY THE VICTOR Triumphant in Main Race of Interesting and Spirited Program. - Jockey L. McDermott Rides Three Winners and Parke Records a Double. 9 NEW ORLEANS, La., Feb. 15. A high: price claiming handicap at a mile and an eighth provided Fridays feature at the Fair Grounds and it furnished an interesting contest, with "W. Daniels Romany, which won in his previous "start, again the victor, but ridden hard near the end to outstay Mistf Meise, with Ramkin leading home the poorly ridden Brunell. There were four starters and the quartet dashed by the stand the first time around the course in cavalry alignment, inches barely separating them, and it elicited a thrill of excitement from the spectators. They continued racing closely grouped until reaching the three-quarter post, where Romany moved into a slight lead, closely pursued by Miss Meise and the same order was continued until the finish, Romany, hard hustled, winning by a length. Brunell was allowed to drop out of it after going half a mile, but he was gaining steadily just before reaching1" the stretch when Blind raced him into n trap and was badly blocked by Ramkin. The mile and an eighth in 1:53 was tho fastest time for the distance at this meeting. Good racing was witnessed by a big throng, even though the fields in most of the dashes wero of the ordinary variety. Big field.s faced the starter in .several of the races and luck played a conspicuous part in determining the winner. . Jockey L. McDermotts riding was one of the features. He won with three of hia mounts and rode them brilliantly. Parke also rode in his customary good form and landed two of the afternoons winners. SANDS OF PLEASURE FIRST. In addition to riding Romany, McDermott had winning mounts on Sands of Pleasure and Paul Micou. Sands of - Pleasure displayed a flash of his old time form. It was quite a contrast from that he showed under Carrolls guidance in his previous out. Ho followed his company far out of it until tho race had progressed, when he made a bold sprint that carried him forward to almost level with the leaders and in the stretch ho held Bendita safe. It was on Paul Micou that McDermott showed his superior riding skill to bring that tiring racer home a nose in advance of Doctor Whitehurst and Repeater. The field hero was an ordinary one and Paul Micou, not better than the others, managed to get into the lead at the stretch turn. From there on it was a grueling struggle between tho trio of placed ones, with McDermotts rido the factor in giving Paul Micou the victory. Another hair-raising finish came in the opener, in which two-year-olds met. It resulted in victory for Little Gypsy, a first-time starter, by a nose from Star Girl, with Flavia in third place. The trio drew out from the others when entering the stretch and then began one of the most spirited duela ever witnessed here. Flavia, in close proximity to the rail, tired slightly, leaving Littla Gypsy and Star Girl to battle it out. They ran as a team until within ten yards of the finish, where Little Gypsy poked her nose in front and kept it there to the end. CARPENTER UNEXPECTEDLY. The second race furnished an upset by the unexpected victory of Carpenter, which ban been out of racing for over two years ou account of ailments. He displayed a sparkling performance to outstay St. Maurica after a hard drive. Carpenter, before ho went wrong in Kentucky, was regarded abovo the ordinary and won several races for Marvin May, who had bought him from . trainer Jack Joyncr. After he went amiss he gavo him away to E. C. Crockett, who has been patching him up diligently and was confident of his success during the afternocn. He informed Marvin May, here on a visit, to back the horse freely and confidently, but the former owner failed to heed the advice. Edward Cebrians Mali Jong, won probably a luck race, when she led home Brilliant Cast and Invictus in the third. Inviciu.s was practically left at the post and closed an immense gap to land in third place. Ilia performance was much better than the winners and with an even break would havo won. Parke had the mount on Mali Jong and he took advantage of the mistakes of the other riders. Parke also landed Midnight Follies the winner of the closing dash, in which fourteen started. He beat the outsider. Royal George, with Antiquity in third place. Norah, which finished fourth, was probably the best. Sho was next to last rounding the first turn and closed an immense gap under a weak rider. The Crescent City Handicap, with ,000 added, which features a splendid offering Saturday, is expected to bring to the post tho stars in these parts and, with good weather, an attendance equaling that of New Years Day shotild be on hand to witness its decision.

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